Mar 23, 2020

Coronavirus: Trump to deploy National Guard in three states

US President Donald Trump has ordered the deployment of National Guard troops in the three states hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Troops will be used in New York, California and Washington to deliver medical aid and set up medical stations after the number of deaths nationwide rose to 471 and infections to 35,244. The medical stations the National Guard will set up have a capacity of 4,000 beds, 2,000 of which will go to California, 1,000 to New York and 1,000 to Washington state. Mr Trump said he had approved requests to issue a major disaster declaration for the states of New York and Washington, and would do the same for California "Very shortly". In California, officials have instructed hospitals to restrict coronavirus testing because of a shortage of medical supplies.

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